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Centre for Internet Law & Policy Our PhD Students

Current PhD Students

Christian Geib

Christian Geib is PhD student at Strathclyde University. Before joining the University, Christian worked for an E-Commerce start-up in Munich/Germany, a major IT law firm in Cologne/Germany in the area of E-Commerce and Copyright Law and for the European Commission in the area of research policy.

Following his employment with the European Commission Christian he obtained his LL.M. from the Stanford University Law School “Law, Science and Technology” program.

His main research interests are within “big data” issues, data mining, (consumer) profiling, quantitative legal predictions, regulation of computer algorithms, military use of autonomous vehicles and legal aspects of neuroscience research.

Christian's PhD research focuses on Text and Data Mining and related copyright questions.

The research encompasses comparative legal studies of major EU legislations as much as empirical analysis of various legal documents.

Mark Leiser

Mark Leiser is a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde. Before joining the PhD Program, Mark was enrolled in the LLB Program, where he excelled in Mooting and formed alongside other students the Alternative Law Society. He recently worked for one of Scotland's top criminal and human rights lawyers on a high-profile criminal trial and wrote written submissions for the Leveson Inquiry into culture and ethics of the media. Mark leaves behind a career in finance and IT sales. He currently is a tutor for the undergrad LLB course, Computer, Society, and the Law

His main research interests are within different aspects of the Internet law and policy, such as: internet governance, democracy, the role of the rule of law in the online world, social media, online privacy, and intellectual property.

Mark's PhD research focuses on asking whether there are identifiable democratic values found across the global Internet community and are these compatible with the current democratic processes of individual States. The research encompasses appropriate areas of Internet governance and the role of democracy in the online world as well as public/private international Law, freedom of expression in cyberspace, IP, and human rights.

Mark R. Leiser

Phd Student

School of Law

Meryem Horasan

Meryem Horasan is a Ph.D. student at the University of Strathclyde. Meryem completed her LL.B. degree at Marmara University, Istanbul in 2006. She has been a member of Istanbul Bar Association since 2008 and practised as a lawyer for 4 years including a 1 year internship in Istanbul. Meryem then went on to obtain her LL.M. degree from the University of Nottingham in International Commercial Law in 2013.

Her primary research interests are intellectual property law in general, the intersection between intellectual property and internet law and intermediary liability on the internet. Additionally, she is interested in the relationship between intellectual property and private international law, potential issues of private international law on the internet, in particular jurisdiction and choice of law questions arising from intellectual property cases that involve internet.

Meryem’s PhD research focuses on the secondary liability of online intermediaries for infringement of intellectual property rights as well as questions of jurisdiction and choice of law arising from intellectual property rights and their exploitation over the internet; which court has jurisdiction and which is the applicable law in cases related to infringement of intellectual property rights on the internet.


Cheewin Mallikamarl Laura Martin

Laura Martin graduated from the University of Strathclyde in May 2017 with a First Class LLB (Hons) and is currently undertaking her PhD at Strathclyde, supervised by Professor Lilian Edwards. She has worked for various Glasgow based solicitors and is actively involved in local politics. Laura also teaches Intellectual Property on the DL LLM programme and assists in the delivery of undergrad modules. She is also University Ambassador for the Society for Computers and Law.

Her research interests include data protection, privacy, surveillance, the implementation of technology in workplaces, artificial intelligence, wearable technology and intellectual property. Her PhD thesis is primarily focused on data protection and privacy in working environments. Laura intends to conduct research into the surveillance of workers in smart workplaces and the gig economy. She is also interested in the relationship between privacy of workers and labour law.

Twitter: lauramartin_95

LinkedIn: Laura Martin


Auntika Na Pibul

Auntika Na Pibul is a Ph.D. student at the University of Strathclyde. She completed her LL.B. and LL.M. degree at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand in 2005  and 2009. Auntika then worked as a law lecturer at the Graduate School of Law, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Thailand before getting a full scholarship for an LLM and PhD from the Royal Thai Government in 2011. After that, she went on to obtain her second LL.M. degree from the University of Edinburgh in lnnovation, Technology and the Law in 2013.

Her primary research interests are within different legal and regulatory issues arising from cloud computing such as in case of information ownership, cloud contract, data protection and applicable law.

Auntika’s PhD research focuses on cloud computing and data protection law. The research aims at addressing the new challenges of data protection in case of  accessing of personal data stored in cloud computing by law enforcement and national security agencies.


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